🇺🇸Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS)

Updated: Jul 2

🇺🇸Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS)



Highly mobile Mounted atop a 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)


UAVs, low-flying, high-speed fixed-winged aircraft, and helicopters


Short-range surface-to-air shoot-on-the-move air defense weapon; short range electronic warfare C-UAV air defense weapon; protection for the maneuver force


Mk1 – Turret-launched Stinger missiles, multi-functional electronic warfare capability, Electro Optical Infra-Red (EO/IR) optic, and a direct-fire weapon on a remote weapons station Mk2 – 360-degree radar and C2 suite, a direct-fire remote weapons station, EO/IR optic, and electronic warfare system


Entering low initial order production. IOC expected in FY21


OshKosh (JLTV); RPS-42 (RADA); Sierra Nevada Corp. (Modi II); Lockheed Martin (Optics)


The Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) is the Marine Corps’ new push for modernizing its Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) capabilities. It is part of the Corps plan to upgrade their two active Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) battalions, which currently rely on dismounted Stinger missiles and radar equipment transported in two M1114 HMMWVs per section.

Since the Marine Corps divested itself of all their Avenger Systems in the mid-2000s, Marines have been without a dedicated mobile firing platform to protect the maneuver force. In 2013 at the beginning of the fight against ISIS, the Marine Corps noticed the growing proliferation of cheap commercial drones and a gap in the ability to counter those systems. At the same time, the United States began to redirect itself toward near-peer competition against China and Russia. A fight against either near-peer necessitates a maneuverable SHORAD platform that can keep pace with the maneuver force in order to protect it from precision fires and enemy close air support.

The MADIS system relies on two vehicles per section working in a complementary pair, the MADIS Mk1 and Mk2. The MADIS Mk1 will be responsible for primarily neutralizing fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The Mk2 will fulfill the Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) mission, while also providing radar and C2 for the pair. The Marine corps also has the Light MADIS (LMADIS), which hosts the radar and EW suite on a Polaris MRZR. The LMADIS served as a testbed and interim C-UAS solution before the fielding of the MADIS Mk1 and Mk2. The LMADIS is still in operational use with Marine Corps LAAD battalions.